September 2, 2006
The tenth patotsav of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Charlotte, NC was celebrated with great festivities as devotees and invited guests from the entire Southeast region joined in the celebrations. Along with the patotsav, the sinhasan installation ceremony also took place. The four day event, celebrated from August 30th, 2006 to September 2nd, 2006 took place in presence of Pujya Kothari Swami. Highlights of the event were Parayan, Shibir- 'Akshardham nu Bhatu', and a soul rendering Kirtan Aradhana.
The festivities began with mahapuja followed by abhishek. The cultural program consisted of kirtans, dance by balaks and vadils. This was followed by reminisces of harbhaktos and a video showing the mandir history. Pujya Kothari swami in his address to the assembly, said that this is not only a occasion to celebrate but also to remember all the good the mandir has done in our lives, to change ourselves for the better. Among distinguished guests present was the Mayor of Charlotte Mr. Pat McCrory. Mr. McCrory expressed how humbled he felt by being in the presence of such honorable saints and devotees of BAPS. The 10th patotsav celebration was an enjoyable and unforgettable experience for all.